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Gina Miller: “Brexit is about emotion. It is like a religion.” No, Ms Miller, that’s Europhilia

Gina Miller is leading the legal fight against the Government’s use of its prerogative powers to trigger Article 50 and thereby commence the process of leaving the EU. She was asked if she thinks the Supreme Court will rule in her favour, that is, uphold the decision of the High Court. She responded:

Yes. To me, it was always clear that it is such a black and white letter of the law case: Parliament is sovereign. The drama around it became all about politics, not about the case. When I was vilified by the press and politicians, I always asked: Have you actually read my case? If you knew what it was about, you would be backing it. But the drama has been extraordinary. Everything about Brexit is about emotion. It is like a religion. People’s rationality seems to have been thrown out of the window.

Note the juxtaposition of Brexit with emotion and irrationality, which are, she avers, attributes of religion. In her impeccable, rational, legal, enlightened and sophisticated secular mind, Brexit is the pursuit of the brainless; the delirium of simpletons; the burning passion of zealots, bigots and extremists against the rule of law and the world of rights. Anyone who believes that the people are sovereign is living in la la land.

It is actually people’s dogmatic adherence to the immutable doctrine of ‘ever closer union’ which is more cultic, and Europhilia which is more akin to blind faith. Charles Moore observed back in 2007 that the inexorable drive to ever closer union, by which the rejected Constitution for Europe morphed into the Lisbon Treaty, was so secretive and anti-democratic that it was antithetical to the very system of law which Gina Miller is so eager to uphold. He wrote:

A process that involves the very basis of law – the inclusion of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the treaty would enable the European Court of Justice to force Parliament to comply absolutely with its rulings – is being conducted like a papal conclave. The body elected to make our laws knows almost nothing about it.

With this observation he echoed Labour’s Peter Shore, the late Lord Shore of Stepney, who observed in his book Separate Ways that the EU Commission behaves “like a priestly caste – similar to what it must have been in pre-Reformation days, when the Bible was in Latin, not English; the Pope, his cardinals and bishops decided the content of canon law and the message came down to the laymen, only when the Latin text was translated into the vernacular by the dutiful parish priest”.

It is all so obscure, convoluted, unknown and incomprehensible. The ubiquity of bureaucrats and proliferation of bureaucracy ensures opacity and obfuscation. The EU has a soul, we are told, and Angela Merkel’s priestly vocation is to find it and save it: “We must give Europe a soul. We have to find the soul of Europe,” she said. It is a messianic mission for which the EU Commission entertains ecumenical representatives who dispense millions of euros to religious organisations in quasi-spiritual pursuits, whose objective is to persuade the ignorant and recalcitrant laity that the EU is divinely inspired, a work of God, without which the people will perish. Even now, they work to frustrate and overturn Brexit, because they know what’s best.

Here, Ms Miller, is your emotion; your delerium. Here is the fanatical religious fervour of the Euro-beast, against which the British rule of law now contends, and the British people’s rationality is being brought to bear. Let Parliament determine whether or when to trigger Article 50. It is no big deal, for they have already determined to do so. Man plans, God laughs.